Landscapes Photographs of the Iraqi Marshes

At the confluence of Euphrates and Tigris in the South of Iraq we find a delta characterised by extensive swamps, the so-called marshlands. For thousands of years this area was an inhabited cultural landscape. The Sumerians even believed that the swamps of Mesopotamia held the origin of the universe.

For political and military reasons these swamps were almost completely drained over the past decades, most inhabitants were driven from their homes or forcibly relocated. When the regime of Saddam Hussein was toppled the water started to return and nature and the human environment recovered. However, in recent years regional and national interests and disputes over water rights between the neighbouring countries Turkey, Syria and Iran have set off a new exodus.

  • LocationMarshlands, Southern Iraq
  • Year2003-2011